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Julian Barnes, Marry Waterson, Carys Davies, Frank McCabe

Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, with guests including Julian Barnes, Marry Waterson, short story writer Carys Davies and Frank McCabe with a new Verb drama.

Ian's guests on the Cabaret of the Word include author Julian Barnes, singer Marry Waterson, short story writer Carys Davies and Frank McCabe

Carys Davies is the author of the short story collection 'The Redemption of Galen Pike' (Salt), winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize and the International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award.

Frank McCabe is one of the BBC Writersroom 10 and the author of 'Tongues', the latest in our series of short dramas on the theme of revolution.

Producer: Cecile Wright.

45 minutes

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

What does a writer have to consider when writing about real people? And how is that question complicated when you are writing about a place and a time like Stalin’s Russia, when the concept of truth was always shifting? The novelist Julian Barnes’ new book ‘The Noise of Time’ (Cape) is about the life of the composer Shostakovich, examining the collision between art and power. Barnes is also a patron of Freedom from Torture, which helps to give people to write about their experiences of torture. On Saturday 12th December Julian Barnes and Angela Hewitt present An Evening of Words and Music at the Barbican, London in end of Freedom from Torture. More information is available here

 

Julian Barnes

Marry Waterson & David Jaycock.

Marry Waterson & David Jaycock.

The folk duo present songs from their new album ‘Two Wolves’ (One Little Indian). Marry tells Ian how she realised that her instrument is her voice, and how she avoids being weighed down by the weight of the folk tradition. She also explains how she finished writing ‘The Honey and the Seaweed’, a song started by her mother Lal Waterson.

 

Marry Waterson

Carys Davies

Carys Davies

The short story writer Carys Davies won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for her collection ‘The Redemption of Galen Pike’ (Salt). For Carys, stories can often take a long time to come to fruition, the titular story first took root in her mind ten years ago. She stresses the importance of having the confidence to leave a story for as long as it needs, and the importance of the making the silences work in a short story.

 

Carys Davies

Frank McCabe

Frank McCabe

Frank McCabe is a playwright, and one of this years ‘Writersroom 10’, emerging talent who are mentored through the BBC Writersroom in partnership with theatres across the country. We hear Frank’s short drama ‘Tongues’, which tackles immigration and Frank explains how we see immigrants as a homogenous group, denying them humanity, and it is the purpose of drama to help us see them as distinct people.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

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